Roland "Rolly" J. Arneson, 66, of Ashton, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2009. The son of Ella and Edwin Arneson, Rolly was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Cooperstown, N.D., and was one of 12 children. He grew up on family farms in North Dakota and loved to ride horses, which he continued to do when he moved as a teenager with his family to Montana.
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At the age of 19, he met another horse enthusiast, Mary Frances Robinson, who soon became his bride. They shared 46 years of marriage and four children, Richie, Debbie, R.J. and Carrie. Mary passed away Aug. 4, 2007.
Rolly worked in the logging business for most of his life. He was a very skilled heavy equipment operator. He was also an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spent as much time possible fishing the Snake River in Idaho, and in his earlier days, the Ruby River in Montana.
Rolly is survived by his children Debra Arneson, R.J. and LaDina Arneson, and Carrie and Billy Hansen; six grandchildren, Lacey, Sarah, Arron and Brandon, Jasmine and Daysha; brothers Gerald Arneson, Rick (Pat) Arneson, Roger and Mike (Jodi) Arneson; sisters June (Henry) Hearting, Ellen (Pat) Regan, Joann Kopac and Dixie (Jack) Mehrens; mother-in-law Pearl Swartz; brother-in-law Norman (DeeDee) Swartz; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his son Richard; father-in-law Frank Robinson; brother-in-law Frank Jr.; brothers Donald and Cliff; and sister, Joyce.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Baxter Funeral Home, 717 Main St., in Ashton. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. There will be a luncheon following the services at the Ashton Inn Hotel.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on June 24, 2009